Stinger Photo 80

"1st Sergeant Von Leavitt "


Danang Air Base, Republic of Vietnam - MSgt Von Leavitt practices his singing amongst the banana trees. Why he was singing still remains a mystery. Some think he was just singing "Oh Sergeant Petrie...what the hell did you do now?"

(Photo courtesy CMSgt Bill Petrie)

Webmaster Note: Von was a rare guy. An oustanding gunner, and a firm and fair "Top." He was also a genuine hell raiser like the rest of us. I can ( and so can Bob Van Able) personally attest to the fact that he genuinely cared about his troops. If he thought you were right he would always go the extra mile for you. He pulled me out of a few scrapes that I'm forever thankful for. I know Von would have loved the association we formed and would have been a shining star at reunions. Both Von's sons are Army Special Forces instructors. I hope we see them at one of our reunions someday.

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